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Frankfurt-Hahn airport capitalises on new Europe-China air freight route

GERMANY's Frankfurt-Hahn Airport registered a 58

Frankfurt-Hahn airport capitalises on new Europe-China air freight route

GERMANY's Frankfurt-Hahn Airport registered a 58

02 January 2019 - 19:00

GERMANY's Frankfurt-Hahn Airport registered a 58.4 per cent year-on-year increase in cargo traffic from January to October, reports London's Air Cargo News.

Frankfurt-Hahn, in which China's HNA Airport Group has a majority stake, handled 127,000 tons of freight in 2017. The federal state of Hesse holds a 17.5 per cent shareholding.



An airport spokesman said: 'Since early December the airport has been connecting Europe with China through new freight routes. The first flight from Shanghai was operated with a Boeing 747-400 by Suparna Airlines.



'The new routes are part of an air freight agreement concluded by the Chinese company China Aerospace International Holdings Limited (CASIL) to distribute Asian flows of goods for Europe via the Frankfurt-Hahn airport hub and vice versa.'



'Along with a number of global logistics service providers, CASIL signed air freight contracts worth more than CNY2.6 billion (US$379.68 million) for intensive cooperation and support of China's One Belt One Road,' he said.



'For this purpose, the subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation is establishing Frankfurt-Hahn airport as a new hub for its international air freight business. The flights will be operated with various cargo airlines to different destinations in China, including Zhengzhou and Hong Kong.'



Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn Christoph Goetzmann chief operating officer said: 'The new cargo flights to China are an important step in further expanding the cargo business at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. With its 24-hour operating permit, flexible slots and fast handling, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is ideally positioned for the freight business and a backbone of the German export industry.'


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